Iranian state radio says Iran has sent a warship to the coast of Somalia to protect its against piracy.
The Saturday report says the ship has arrived in Somali waters.
The Iranian ship joins vessels from the U.S., Denmark, Italy, Russia and other countries in patrolling the .
The gulf leads to theand is the quickest route from Asia to Europe and the Americas.
China also has said it is sending warships to the region.
Pirates have made an estimated $30 million hijacking ships for ransom this year, seizing more than 40 vessels off Somalia’s 1,880-mile coastline.
In November, a cargo ship operated by Iran was hijacked off the coast of Somalia, the second since July.